NORWICH – A convicted thief and predicate felon was arraigned for stealing again, while on probation, and before being released from prison, an Oxford man convicted of molesting a 3-year-old had his risk level assessed.
• Stephanie L. Neilson, 41, Norwich, was arraigned on Feb. 6 for criminal possession of a forged instrument in the third degree, a class D felony, and grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class E felony.
According to the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office, Neilson allegedly wrote a forged check in the amount of $1,275 and cashed the forged check at a local NBT Bank in Norwich. It is alleged she received the full $1,275.
Neilson was on probation for pleading guilty on Feb. 20, 2013 to one of the same crimes she was being arraigned for on Feb. 6. She pleaded guilty to the class E felony of grand larceny in the fourth degree almost two years ago and was sentenced to five years probation.
While Neilson was on probation is Chenango County, she committed the crime she pled to in Steuben County. She was on probation in Chenango County because it is her county of residence.
Neilson is considered a predicate felon and is now incarcerated at the Chenango County Correctional Facility for violating her probation. She violated her probation by committing the two crimes she was arraigned for.
First Assistant District Attorney Michael D. Ferrarese said Neilson is facing up to seven years in prison and “clearly poses a flight risk if she got out.”
He requested bail be set in the amount of $5,000.
Neilson's public defender, John Cameron, said his client has been in jail almost 50 days and if she was released, her job would still be available to her.
“I have known her for awhile. While she does have issues, she paid restitution on a previous matter in City Court and is currently paying restitution for another matter now,” said Cameron.
Cameron also said Neilson lives with her parents and “has no where else to go,” indicating she is not a flight risk.
“She need to get back to work and start paying her financial obligations.”
Cameron was going to ask that Neilson be released on her own recognizance, but Judge Frank B. Revoir, Jr. said he had already arraigned Neilson on her violation of probation charge and set bail...